Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Gee, thanks, "kids".

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


I'm not really sure what the "20th" denotes: 20 years of being a "dad"? 20 "children"? Or maybe the cake is for the 20th "dad" to come along? Eh?

Regardless, any cake decorator who thinks the title Dad deserves quotation marks probably needs therapy. Or an English lesson. One of those two, anyway.
Ben said...

It could be the 20th birthday of the their stepfather. Isn't it awkward when your "Dad" is younger than you are?

rptrcub said...

It's the style of those who don't know proper grammar to use quote marks to emphasize words. It drives me up the wall. And it makes it seem that there's doubt as to the true paternity of the children.

Anonymous said...

I think I know what's going on here. I used to live in a house with 5 other guys, and one of them was always telling people to clean up after themselves, how to park their cars, etc. So we called him "Dad." Keep in mind we were all 20-21 years old at the time. We never bought "Dad" a cake, though, or made one. Oh, and yes, there was a "Mom." Fortunately it wasn't me.

Anonymous said...

Could also be the 20th anniversary of their biological mother and step-father.

Isaac said...

Also, uh, that cake is on the floor.

Anonymous said...

I like how they put the cake on the floor for the picture, but they were classy enough to put glitter around it.

Anonymous said...

I've seen plenty of counter tops that look like that. I doubt it's on the floor.

goldie said...

Maybe the kids are 28 and 29 or something and it wasn't until they were 8 and 9 that their "Dad" got his act together. Here's to 20 years to having your crap together! Also, I'm imagining the kids throwing up the air quotes when they introduce him to people.

This is my "dad." He wasn't around for 8 years, but then he got his crap together and has been a solid "dad" for 20 years.

Jen said...

Goldie,

"throwing up the air quotes"

made me LOL for real. Love it.

akukoomori said...

I would assume that the quotes are there on request, as "dad"(said that way, whether through inflection or air quotes) is the accepted title of the recipient.

Sarah said...

Maybe he's worked at a place for twenty years, and his co-workers call him "Dad."

It does seem most likely that somebody thought quote marks were for emphasis - or they reasoned that, since "Dad" is not the recipient's legal name, it required indication as a nickname.

Spot The Lady Boy said...

I just bought a cake for my team mate at work and spelt her name wrong lol

Brigid said...

or, maybe it's the 20th year since their guardian adopted them...

ken said...

looks like "20th thanks" - like they've thanked this character twenty times - for what, who knows?

Lori said...

i think it is most likely a church cake for the "father".

Ronnica said...

Must be the 20th dad. Like every time mom brings home a new man, he's "dad."

Wolf said...

I think the first anonymous has it right. This cake is addressed to a friend that everyone calls "Dad." Likely, it's a rare case of properly used quotes. I'm guessing he's turning 20, but the 20th bit is beyond me.

Anonymous said...

Maybe this was a sweet girl celebrating her 20th time with her loving sugar daddy - I know I'd count every "time" if I had to call my man "dad".

Flip said...

My favorite theory on this cake is the "20th Thanks" Theory. Like the 19th Thanks was a Blow-Pop Bouquet. The 18th Thanks was a coupon for a foot massage. And so on and so on...They really owe "Dad!"

Anonymous said...

I had a friend that I called Dad because he was always taking care of everyone.. designated driver, bail you out of trouble.. He actually got me a birthday card saying happy birthday daughter.. it was a running joke for years..

Lindsey said...

I could see a cake like this being made for the pastor of a church group or something... for instance, the pastor hits his 20th year with the church and there's a party. There are a lot of interpretations that make sense. Maybe a volunteer worker for troubled boys/teens?

knitsista said...

Perhaps i'm asking for too much, but shouldn't the word "Happy" be somewhere on this cake, like before "20th" ... Or could it really be "20th Thanks..." ???
This cake's got lots of 'splainin' to do! Lots!

jme said...

I love it when people write how they actually speak, i.e. Isaac. I was chuckling until I read his post, then I started to laugh so hard I cried. Thanks so much for that!
This is my favorite cake so far. Everything about it is so non-commital, maybe it was meant to look like this. Hmmmm...

Sheila said...

Great blog! The cakes with quotations made me laugh as we bought a cake from our local grocery store and they put my son's name in quotes on it. I thought it was just a one time error but I see it happens every where!

Anonymous said...

Could be a floor, but my guess is it's actually a '70s countertop with ceramic tile and really dark grout. Funny cake. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm going to err on the side of the quotation marks being indicative of a nickname. My dad (ex-step-dad, how's that for a mouthful?) always told our friends that he was "Dad", and that's what they called him. We're close to the mom of a friend of ours, and our kids call her "Grandma". *shrug* To each their own. I loved reading all of the theories, as well as the original blog! (And yes, the period outside of the quotes was intentional. That's one punctuation convention I refuse to observe, unless the sentence ends in a statement.)

Bob said...

Believe it or not, I can clear this one up. The one who guessed that it was 20 years from an adoption wins.

This cake was for my Dad who adopted me and my two older sisters when I was 5 years old. We refer to this as the "cake."

A friend of mine was just showing me cake disasters and I took her to see our own personal cake disaster. A moment later, we discovered this one. Needles to say, it stirred up another chuckle.

Amy said...

I think it's on a tile table not the floor.

Lauren said...

Well, now we know the real story, but Flip's comment made me laugh the hardest. I love the "blow pop bouquet".

Lauren said...

Now that it is cleared up I have to say I still like Flip's explanation the best. I really had to laugh at that one. I especially like the "Blow Pop Bouquet".

Katie said...

Isn't it possible that it is their stepfather who stepped up and was their "Dad" for the last 20 years since their real dad didnt't.

Anonymous said...

If he's turning 20, I doubt the kids would be old enough to order his cake. I think this is for an older brotherly type or father figure for someone, thus the "dad" ('cause he's not REALLY dad, but he feels like it).

I'm "sorry"!

Anonymous said...

I love the "interpretations" on the purpose of this cake.
I also love that Spot the Lady Boy spelled her co-worker's name wrong...and the word 'spelled'. I'm pretty sure there is no such word as spelt.
-anonymous

Mary-Ann said...

That cake is definitely on the floor...you can see shoelaces in the bottom right corner! Ha!

Ali said...

Spelt is a word it is a type of wheat that some breads are made of. Sorry had to say it.:)

Anonymous said...

Spelt is a word, and it is a grain, but it is also the British spelling of the word "spelled."

Anonymous said...

I think this cake is for a sports coach, maybe Little League baseball. The coach is like a father to his team (hence the "Dad"). It is either a young assistant coach who has turned 20 or his jersey number is 20.

Anonymous said...

Definitely could be valid use of the quotes in this case, you never know. But in the interest of furthering this illustrious debate, I present to you: The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks.

Anonymous said...

Is that......ketchup? xDD

Sara B. said...

Maybe it is the 20th time the "kids" have said thank you to their "father."

Like, "For the 20th time, thank you for being our 'dad.' Now stop badgering us."

Mandapanda said...

Hey can you submit this to unnecessaryquotes.com? They would love it - I think it would fit right in!

Karmen M said...

I am thinking that the "20th" would mean that they were picking the cake up on the 20th and it shouldn't have been on the cake at all. possibly a case of the cakorator taking things too literally.

stage3design said...

Could be a foster dad.
Or a nickname.
Or a prison dad. erm... not sure what I mean by that one.

K.C. and Her Puppies said...

It could be someone's brother. My siblings regarded me as their mother at some points. I get "mother's" days gifts.

bibberly said...

This reminds me of my grandmother - she would always sign cards for my mom as Love, "Mom" and cards for me as Love, "Grandma." She was related to us biologically, but she didn't think it was right to use a name other than her real one without quotes. Nobody else in the family does this.

Anonymous said...

I'm trying to eat my cereal, but I started choking on it when I saw this cake-- TOO FUNNY. I was completely focused on the "Dad" in quotes, then I read what you said about the 20 and I spit cereal onto my monitor.

Dan Gallagher said...

I used to be involved DeMolay, which is like freemasonry for kids, and "Dad" was the term for the actual Masons who helped run things. One of the "Dads" in my chapter was around 20.

Anonymous said...

A few people have posted that the cake is on the floor. Could it be on a tiled island?

lyd

Anonymous said...

I think it's on the floor. Check the top of the pic - looks like chair legs.

Tom said...

Yes, the term "Dad" could mean lots of things, and maybe the quotes are appropriate, but it's more fun to think they're not!

I wonder what "bakery" this came from, and who the "baker" was. Too bad if they paid beforehand, otherwise they could have paid with "money" after seeing it. I hope the "occasion" went well. "Dad" probably took it all in stride.

(The 20th one, anyway. I doubt the previous "Dads" would have though.) Anyway, nice "cake"!

Quinapalus said...

"Chair legs"? How about... 12 oz dark brown glass bottles? (Note the nearby cocktail napkin.) And I think silvery-gray is a more common color for camera lanyards than it is for shoelaces.

Anonymous said...

...maybe it's the 20th "cake."

Anonymous said...

It's the 20th time they thank their dad

Anonymous said...

This could be for a stepdad but i'm not sure. say hi to your "dad" for me!

missy said...

It could have been the 20th birthday since "Dad" married they're mom.

Annemarie said...

Maybe it's not thanks for being our "dad", but on the phone: "I'd like it to say thanks for being our dad, in quotes". So the wreckerator took that as just the word dad in quotes, not as "thanks for being our dad!" I don't know, just an idea.